The Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Awal Mohammed, has said he intends to ensure a minimum of one million domestic tourists visits to the many attractions across the country.
He said many Ghanaians are not interested in local tourism due to the high costs of travelling and accommodation, “hence we will work together with all stakeholders to ensuring that they give discounts to local tourists to encourage more people to travel around the country.”
Responding to a question during his vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, the nominee, Dr. Awal said he would repackage internal tourism to attract a minimum of 1 million visitations, in terms of local tourism.
Dr. Awal Mohammed who is the former Minister for Business Development also promised to initiate policies to encourage young persons to appreciate the various local languages in Ghana.
As part of these activities, he said the plan is to launch competitions among children between 10-18 years in the local language.
He indicated that, in preserving the Ghanaian culture, it would be important to promote reading and writing of the various local languages.
The Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture also said he would promote corporate tourism, school tourism and religious tourism which he believed will not only offer people the opportunity to know the various parts of the country, but will also foster national cohesion.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre